Gotti (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Gotti (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Gotti is amazing, living up the the low expectations I set for it.  With a ‘0’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, you’d expect this film to be pretty dire. And it is.  Boring, overlong, repetitive and derivative Gotti is exactly the movie you’ve heard it is.  It’s Badfellas, The BadFather, DullFace… you get the point.  That all said what stops it being a complete disaster is that the story of John Gotti is actually pretty interesting and even a bad interpretation of it has (some) merit.  Honestly just stick to Goodfellas instead.  Or watch The Honest Trailer which is FAR better!

Best Bit: I mean Travolta is amazing… for all the wrong reasons

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Avoid (or stream if you are up for a laugh)

If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, Donnie Brasco, The Godfather

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Death Note (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Death Note (2017) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
I’ve not seen the Death Note Anime.  So with that in mind I approached director Adam Wingard’s live action reboot/remake with zero baggage.   Which is good because pulled away from all the “Not as good as the original” standard remarks, I found a heap of stuff to enjoy in this well paced, teen thriller.  Playing out like a mix of Donnie Darko meets Final Destination, Death Note is served well by it’s creative direction, strong leads and some impressive visuals.  Its not that scary or that violent but it has an interesting message at it’s core.  Not everything works – L is under served for sure and the film leaves things almost TOO open but overall I liked Death Note a lot.  Probably not for fans of the anime but recommended for everyone else.

Best Bit: Willem Dafoe

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream (Netflix)

If You Liked this Try: Donnie Darko, Final Destination , Death Note Anime

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Author: Phil Hobden

Phil’s Top 5… Mafia Films

Phil’s Top 5… Mafia Films

Other Cr*p Quick Review Top 5

In a new semi-regular feature each week Phil takes a lookout a different movie related Top Five… this time out: Mafia Films!

Ah mafia films… the opportunity to route for the usually charismatic, misunderstood bad guy usually backed up by a cool soundtrack and some brutal violence.  I’ve ONLY included films that directly involve the Mafia: and yes it’s no coincidence that most are directed or feature the same people…

Close but no cigar: The Godfather, A Bronx Tale, Mean Streets, Casino, The Untouchables, Road to Perdition

5 – Donnie Brasco 
Pacino. Depp and, er, Four Weddings director Mike Newell?  Yup who knew.  Based on a true story Pacino plays Lefty Ruggiero, an aged gangster struggling to stay relevant.  It’s a brutal film that actually not only allows but almost demands you to sympathise with Ruggiero…


4 – The Departed 
Some may argue that Infernal Affairs is a better film, others that Scorsese was given a ‘Consolation’ Oscar for this after years of missing out for better films.  They are all wrong, naturally.  The Departed is a great film, expertly told. There may be better films for some, but Scorsese knocks it out the park here.


3 – Carlitos Way
It’s no surprise that most of this top 5 seems to feature the same two actors.  Here it’s Pacino again who shines as aged Gangster Carlito whose drawn back into a life style he’s trying to escape.  Probably Brian De Palma’s last good film.


2 – Godfather Part 2
Heat may have united them on screen at the same time, but many years before DeNiro and Pacino were representing different generations of the same family in what is one of the best structured films ever made.  Epic, brutal and compelling The Godfather Part 2 is a must watch.


1 – Goodfellas
My favourite film of all time, still Scorsese’s masterpiece and undoubtedly the best film to be mostly ignored at the Oscars.  Yes people this lost out to Dances With Wolves!  Goodfellas  is just simply genius, with a soundtrack that defined a genre.